HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The “selfie.” Those self-portraits taken on your phones are more popular than ever. Their popularity is greatest among teens and young adults.
But Mike Andrews with the NOVA Center in Huntsville warns what can be fun can turn into obsession over looks.
"What can be just good fun can quickly turn into a selfie addiction," Andrews says.
He tells parents to watch your child’s mood.
“When it has to do with your self-esteem and you get so self-absorbed, that's when it's worrisome with these 13-year-olds, 14-years-olds, teenagers, college kids.”
Mental health experts worry self-esteem often becomes measured in 'likes'.
Say your child gets 20 likes on one photo she or he posts to Facebook. Andrews said that may be good for this time, but if the next photo gets just five likes, your child could think something is wrong.
People do need to be cautious.
“When they put something out there. It’s always going to be out there. You can never get it back and people need to realize that," said Andrews.
Because while a selfie is just meant to capture a moment in time, on the Internet, the selfie lives forever.
If you would like to talk with someone about your teen's selfie use and get some help contact the NOVA Center.